Grammar Commie

An idiosyncratic view of libraries, literature, and book culture from a Chicago public librarian.

abookishtype:

The Library of Congress under construction, July 10, 1891.


So it begins…

abookishtype:

The Library of Congress under construction, July 10, 1891.

So it begins…

(via laura-in-libraryland)

teachingliteracy:

artistaherby

Lovely.

The Digital Literacy Divide

Giving people bandwidth can actually make things worse without the education to go along with it. Like in politics and finance, bad advice is worse than no advice.

(Source: kellyharas, via cbsundance)

harperperennial:

explore-blog:

The fantastic Thug Notes is back, breaking down Brave New World. For something equally delightful in a pretty much polar-opposite kind of way, see these vintage and modern illustrations for Aldous Huxley’s only children’s book.

I love this, but I think high school-me would have loved it even more.

nevver:

The Mysteries Of Woman

More Different Kinds of Readers.

librarianish:

The Casual Reader: Hm, I need to kill time—let’s read!
The Hype Reader: Holy crap, that book is popular—and look! It’s being turned into a movie! I HAVE to read it!
The Loner Reader: Life is meh, let’s spend it reading instead—so much better!
The Informational Reader: I just LOVE getting lost on Google or informational texts! Reading up on random things is my thing!
The Romantic Reader: I just want love, so why not get it through books?
The Enthusiastic Reader: Oh, me? I read EVERYTHING!
The Young Adult Reader: Don’t judge me, you know you all love young adult fiction!
The Risky Reader: New Adult is for people in college?
The ARC Reader: I have no time to read anything BUT advanced reader copies!
The Reader: I just love to read. No labels, no cliches, no fears—I just love the written word.

Informational. You?

(Source: bookaddict24-7)

serendipitousreadings:

Are you a neat stacker or a towering book stack?!?

Stacker.

serendipitousreadings:

Are you a neat stacker or a towering book stack?!?

Stacker.

(via literatureismyutopia)

I wonder if I could get away with this…
historyhobbit:

Cheerfully passive-aggressive library bathroom signs…

I wonder if I could get away with this…

historyhobbit:

Cheerfully passive-aggressive library bathroom signs…

“Novels aren’t dying, and they’re not going away. Indeed, they’re evolving. They’re getting better. And it’s not just cool technological things. A few years ago, Jonathan Safran Foer published Tree of Codes, an “artwork, in the form of a book.” Mark Danielewski published a novel titled Only Revolutions that you read forward and backwards. And Building Stories? How much fun was that? Those are just a few examples that illustrate that writers are thinking — and will continue to think — beyond the conventional.”

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What’s Next For the Novel? (via bookriot)

But at what point is it a different thing? Storytelling won’t stop, but the carrier evolves.

(via bookriot)

Our reference desk is pretty big, and tends to collect a pile of random stuff over time—which doesn’t look great to the public. To try and keep ahead of this issue, we turned the corner into a pop-up display. Whichever librarian is at the desk can grab whatever titles they want to feature and make up a simple sign. So far, people seem to like it. It’s a chance to do some handselling of backlist or obscure titles, and often a conversation starter. “So…I guess you really like cheese, huh?”  Today I tossed out some fun knitting and crochet books. Anyone want to knit me a set of Princess Leia hair-buns?